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Our Foundation was created from the fruits of the free enterprise system, operating in a free and democratic society. We believe that the free market system is the best in the world, but we recognize that some people fail to benefit fully from the system through no fault of their own. It is these people that the Foundation seeks to assist. Particularly, our mandate is to serve people with disabilities and those people who are disadvantaged because of their social or economic circumstances.
We have chosen education because we believe that it is the best means to empower people to become more independent and to participate more fully in the benefits of our society.
Our responsibility is to execute the Foundation’s core education programs effectively and to develop new ones. We realize that our resources are limited and, in order to be most effective, we must concentrate our efforts. We must also constantly re- evaluate and improve our programing, and change or replace non-core programs when we find alternatives offering a better combination of value and effectiveness.
To maximize the impact of our new programs, we feel an obligation to do more than provide scholarship aid to needy individuals. We also seek to identify niche areas that may have been overlooked or underfunded by other educational foundations. We seek ways to amplify the impact of our programs through cooperation with other organizations.
We realize that our programs are, at best, a catalyst. The people we seek to assist and the organizations that serve them do the real work of change and are usually the best source of ideas for new program initiatives. We look to them to help us understand how to make our work more effective, and whenever we can usefully do so, we engage them as partners.
Risk Taking
Just as the free market system fosters progress through innovation, the Foundation hopes to employ innovative programs to achieve its goals. Cognizant of the fact that innovation always carries with it the risk of failure, we will proceed only after careful evaluation and will monitor our programs closely as they progress.
The Foundation is intended to be a perpetual body, and it is our responsibility to improve it with each succeeding generation. We attempt to do this by creative programing, vigilant oversight of existing programs, and careful nurturing of our organization and its financial assets. The Foundation seeks to grow its assets over the long term by achieving at least an annual rate of return of 5% plus the annual inflation rate.
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